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Full text of "Poland Russia and Great Britain 1941-1945"

postponed for several days because of bad weather. This force, after
dropping a large quantity of supplies in Warsaw, the bulk of which came
from British sources, flew on to bases in Soviet territory., escorted by Soviet
aircraft/'
In this Statement, one point needed clarifying—the part played by the
Soviets. According to the report of General Bor in May, 1945, on his
arrival in London from German captivity., contact between the Red Army
and the Polish Commander-in-Chief, mentioned by Churchill, never
existed. Bor did not receive one answer to the many telegrams he
despatched., either directly or indirectly through his Government., to the
leaders of the Red Army. In actual fact, this contact was limited on the
Russian side to sending their agents and officers for information, which
was willingly given them by the Home Army. The Americans made one
expedition only in those sixty-three days of the battle of Warsaw—but
during that time, however, they carried out numerous raids to help the
Red Army in its task ofc liberating ' South-Eastern Europe.
It seems that no other instance of mass heroism and sorrow, bravery
and misfortune, in the war had the same effect on the world opinion as
this struggle of the Polish capital. " The incredible tragedy of Warsaw/'
commented one of the leading American journalists, " has shocked and
startled the circles of the United Nations here as nothing else has since
Pearl Harbour.3'* The World Press gave it the fullest publicity. The
communiques of General Bor were printed on the front pages. The
English Press, having failed in the attempt to pass over the affair in
silence, now endeavoured to write as little as possible on it. To the
readers of many English newspapers the rising passed unnoticed, and
when the Germans afterwards quit the ruins of the Polish capital—Warsaw
liberated ! was the tone of that Press.
Beyond any other feature of the rising, the grandeur of the Warsaw
battle lay in the hoisting once again of the moral standards in this war.
The free radio of the Polish capital talked in a language which had been
forgotten by the diplomats of the Great Alliance, it spoke of how * the
Polish people were fighting for the freedom and victory of moral forces,
for the survival of the whole of their country, for the towns of Wilno and
Lw6w (this in particular roused adverse comment from Moscow and
some of the London papers), and that the fate of Poland could not be
settled by any secret agreement between Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt
in Teheran, just as five years earlier it could not be settled by the pact
between Ribbentrop and Molotov in Moscow/ ' The war/ claimed
the people fighting in Warsaw, * cannot end with the partition of Poland,
no matter who contemplates such an attempt. No one in the world has
the right to give away half our country either to our eastern neighbour or
to our western one.5
* Simms, W. P0 Washington Daily News, October 5th.
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